He is a devoted Moslem, a committed family man and an accomplished insurance broker with experience spanning over 40 years. His profile and persona are in no doubt extraordinarily outstanding given his towering experience. He parades an impressive resume, and yet he remains humble, which he claims is a reflection of his personality having been born and raised by Moslem father who was also an Imam in his home town in Oyo State.
All these are a few of the attributes that distinguish a great philanthropist, an insurance guru, Dr. Ahmed Olaniyi Salawudeen, President/CEO of Standard Insurance. “Being humble is a reflection of my personality. Again, being a Moslem, Islam teaches humility. That one needs to be humane. This has guided me over the years.
He has received several laurels from Moslem organisations and his insurance community across the country and beyond but prefers to maintain a low profile with his belief that everything one has belongs to God. But like a golden fish that has no hiding place, Salawudeen continues to soar. It is with fanfare recently in Lagos when Salawudeen was honoured by his constituency, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) as Fellow during its 2015 graduation ceremony and inductions of Fellows and Associates. Salawudeen was among the six new inductees into the fold in the elaborate ceremony.
Basking in the euphoria of his the new recognition, Salawudeen gave glory to Almighty Allah for lifting him up. “I am elated today that I am being honoured having certified all the requirements. I have a doctorate degree in insurance and I have acquired various certificates and fellows both home and abroad. But this is the peak one can attain in one’s career and I am grateful for the honour bestowed on me,” he said.
Born over 70 years ago in Iseyin Oyo State, after his secondary education in Nigeria and a brief stint with an insurance company, he travelled abroad. Salawudeen graduated from the College of Insurance Surbiton, London having qualified as a Chartered insurance Practitioner in 1976. He also holds a doctorate degree in Management specialising in Insurance from the Commonwealth University of Belize. He acquires a certificate of professional studies in strategic leadership from the same university.
He kicked off his career with the Royal Insurance Group at Chancery Lane in London. He also had a brief stint with British Engine in Manchester and the Royal Marine Insurance Department in Liverpool before setting up his company; Standard Insurance Consultant Limited which specialises in Energy Insurance Placement, Aviation and Space, Marine and General Insurance etc.
Earlier on in her address, President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Lady Isioma Chukwuma congratulated the graduands and new fellows. She said the responsibilities conferred on the institute by statute have continued to engender a veritable platform for the propagation of insurance education in Nigeria.
Speaking further, Chukwuma advised graduands to see their new status as a new responsibility to their profession and the society at large, she reminded them that the attainment of professional qualification should not be seen as an end in itself. “I call on all holders of the qualifications to be mindful of the importance of Continuous Professional Development. As you are aware, the MCPD has become institutionalised with varying degrees of enforcement by most professions. In our own case, it engenders a scheme, which requires all members to locate themselves in the point-scoring scheme; hence it is referred to by our Institute as the Mandatory Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) programme. Professionals should not exempt themselves from this scheme under any guise. The MCPD is, unarguably, an inalienable part of our professional education and development and should be treated as such,” she concluded.